The Ashmolean

Iraq: Navel of the World

Worship [1]

In ancient Sumerian religion, the gods were thought to be divine beings in human form. Each city was associated with its own particular god or goddess, who was worshipped in a temple at the centre of the city. This stone carving, from Kutha near Baghdad (c.2600 BC) shows a shaven-headed priest bringing a sheep and other offerings into the main gate of the temple, made of reeds.

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